Arkansas softball earns national seed, will host regional

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Though the players - who watched the selection show together Sunday night - were hopeful to host a Regional, they are embracing the challenge that's in front of them. Games at Beckham Field will begin this weekend.

The Bulls (38-21) and Buckeyes (34-14) square off at 5 p.m.in the double-elimination event, with Florida (50-8) facing Bethune-Cookman at 7:30.

In the Seattle Regional, Texas will face Minnesota on Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN as its 19th overall regional appearance.

Live streaming video will be available for all games from the Baton Rouge Regional via WatchESPN.com and the WatchESPN app. If the Lady Vols advance, and the Georgia Bulldogs do the same in their regional, Tennessee will travel to Athens for the Super Regionals May 25th-27th. The Super Regional is a best two-of-three format with the victor advancing to the eight-team Women's College World Series, scheduled for May 31-June 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla. Arizona has won 8 National Championships under Mike Candrea. Super Regional at Tempe, Ariz.: 3-0 loss to Arizona State, 11-0 loss to Arizona State.

This marks the second consecutive year the league will send four teams dancing. Smith, the program's second all-time winningest coach, guided the Gamecocks to a runner-up finish in the SEC tournament for the first time since 2001.

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Arkansas enters postseason play with a 39-15 record.

"I think this year, one through nine we really have a little bit more power", Patrick-Swift compared this year's team to 2017's edition.

"But we've been on the road for the last five years for the NCAA tournament".

The anxious wait, the conference record vs. RPI debate and all the speculation is over for Missouri softball; the Tigers have earned a bid for the 2018 NCAA tournament.

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